tv The Intelligence Report With Trish Regan FOX Business April 7, 2017 2:00pm-3:01pm EDT
the possibility to anything else, which is why we are leave this weekend on fox news. a special calls to freedom what next the u.s. could be doing, what next syria might be doing, what russia is threatening of doing and then of course all the neil gorsuch fallout with his now move on to the supreme court come monday morning. to trish regan right now. >> thank you, neil. judge neil gorsuch confirmed as the nation's 101st associate justice of the supreme court. this as the president puts the world on notice by taking swift and decisive action against the murderous syrian regime. take a look at the markets right now you can see we're up 50 points reversing the downside we saw earlier in this session. everyone taking this news pretty much in stride. this is dow up 50, s&p up four, nasdaq composite up nearly eight. i'm trish regan welcome, everyone, to the intelligence report. we've got a whole lot of breaking news right now just as neil gorsuch joins the nation after the senate voted
54-45 to confirm him after a bruising fight with the democrats. we've got the intel for you. plus also breaking right now, a russian warship has entered the mediterranean sea and is heading right towards our navy destroyers. this in president trump's response to launching 59 tom hawk missiles against the syrian base, which launched the poison gas attack against all of those people, including many children. now, russia of course a strong ally with syria, are we nonaged conflict with vladimir putin? we're going to talk about it. and today hiring slowing in the month of march while the unemployment falls to its lowest level in nearly a decade. so that's a little bit of a glimmer of hope. we have all of that plus a terror attack in sweden to get to as well. but first, let's go right back to neil gorsuch and his confirmation, our own adam shapiro joins us with the latest. hey, adam. >> the latest is coming from the president of the united states who issued a tweet not too long ago congratulating the soon to be sworn in
justice to the supreme court. here's what president trump had to say in his tweet. congratulations to an exceptionally qualified and respected judge on his confirmation to the supreme court. now, swearing in justice gorsuch will take place on monday, april 10th. first at 9:00 a.m. in a private ceremony at the supreme court in the justice's conference room. that will take place 9:00 a.m. with chief justice joan roberts. later on there will be a second swearing in. there are two oaths he has to take. the constitutional oath and then justice kennedy will administer the oath in which a public ceremony, and it's judicial oath, easy for me to say at the white house. now, all of this comes after the big and controversial "nuclear option." democrats continue to criticize mitch mcconnell for what happened yesterday to clear the path, so gorsuch could become a justice. but here's what mitch mcconnell said about threats that perhaps this would lead
to the end of a bill burst on legislative issues. >> this notion that this somehow bleeds over into the legislative filibuster is untrue. i'm opposed to it. i would be the beneficiary and my party would be the beneficiary of changing that. i'm opposed to changing it. i think that's what fundamentally changes the senate. >> and, trish, just a little bit of trivial pursuit here for you. mr. gorsuch actually was a law clerk for anthony kennedy who he will now join as a judge on the high court. trish: all right. thank you, adam shapiro. also breaking right now, a russian warship has entered the mediterranean sea and head straight for our naval destroyers. this in response to president trump launching 59 tom hawk missiles against a syrian air base on the syrian israeli border our connor powly he. connor.
>> yeah. trish, as you said the u.s. launching 59 missiles from two separate ships in the mediterranean early this morning, striking. as pent officials say the deadly chemical weapons attack was launched from, and that was the reason it was chosen as the target. now, the trump administration talking about being a limited strike. but what we know about this, these strikes is that at least six syrian jets were destroyed. that's what the syrians are saying, while the pentagon putting that number much higher saying it was, in fact, about 20 or so syrian jets were destroyed. seven people were killed that were on this base, however, none of them were russian even though that this was a base that was shared also between syrian and russian troops. the white house giving moscow a heads-up about an hour or so before the strikes were launched, telling russia that these strikes were coming. now, the response we're
hearing from u.s. allies in the region is overwhelmingly positive. turkey, saudi arabia, israel, all voicing support for these strikes while not surprisingly syria and russia condemning these strikes on this airfield also hezbollah saying that this was a foolish move by the united states and saying that it will raise tension in the region. a larger question now is what happened next? the trump administration panning this very much as a singular event, saying that this doesn't change the overwhelming policy. u.s. doesn't get deeper involved here in syria. will syria, russia, iran with or even hezbollah respond? that's sort of what we're waiting to see. if they do, if any of these groups decide to respond, there are ample amount of targets, u.s. soldiers in syria, there are several thousand u.s. soldiers across the border in iraq. and of course both the united states has allies in israel and across the border in turkey and the nato ally there. so if any of these groups do
respond, there are, unfortunately, real targets and real people in harms way that this could escalate even further, trish. trish: all right. well, thank you very much, connor. joining me right now for reaction, retired brigadier general and author of the best-selling book the siege. anthony. good to have you here, general. your thoughts right now. i mean, how bad is this going to get? how escalated do you think it could get? >> great to be with you, trish. i would put my money on the brave sailors and marines of the six fleet, the american six fleet over any russian ships coming into the mediterranean, so that's the first thing i would say. secondly, you know, i really think that the flexible deterrent options that president trump has deployed are exactly the right thing to do. you could do a show of force. you could do a surgical strike, a limited surgical strike, as he's done and
certainly you can do much more. and i think he's husbanding his resources and trying his best to hold what he's got and see wherhe's going tomrow and the next day based upon the syrian reaction. so for my money, you know, i'm good with the six fleet taking on a russian trip, and i'm good with the attack on the airfield where the chemical weapons were probably stored and came from. trish: but why does russia need to escalate it in this way? >> i think -- trish: from what we understand, by the way, the russians knew that this was going to happen and sean spicer said a short time ago in a off camera briefing with reporters that while there's been a lot of public bluster, if you would, from the russians about this, through diplomatic channels, they really haven't heard much. >> yeah. i think this is all postering, trish. i'm not sure what one ship is going to do against the six fleet in the mediterranean. i think it's -- so people will
talk about it. we know putin likes to be talked about and so i think this is -- these are all chess moves that, you know, the russian military is really not very good and neither is the syrian military. but russia does have nuclear weapons and obviously syria does have chemical weapons, so we need to worry about that, and i think, you know, the president made the right decision here because the opposite decision that president obama made several years ago, you know, there were five syrian gas attacks in 2013 in syria, and we did nothing about it. we turned it over russia to handle, and then the united nations who said it was all good. and so now we are where we are. trish: now we're dealing with the aftermath. >> that's right. trish: general, thank you very much. i want to continue what the general just said there because while the air attacks angered russia, other world leaders are applauding president obama can doing what
obama never could, which is take action against bashar al-assad and against his regime. now, you recall of course warned not to use weapons and not cross his, quote, unquote, red line. do you remember that back in 2012? let's play. >> we have been very clear to the assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons being moved around or being utilized. trish: if obama had stuck to his guns back then, maybe we wouldn't be in this mess in the first place. joining me right now former cia officer and radio talk show host buck sexton along with former united nations spokesman rick. good to have both of you guys here. rick, i'll start with you. is this cleanup time? >> what do you mean cleanup time? trish: you know, dealing with the syrians now when we probably should have dealt
with them years ago. here we are having to send tom hawk missiles taking out that, when we could have done that years ago. >> yeah. there's no question that trump has enforced president obama's red line. it was pinpointed. we use tomahawks, not man-controlled airplanes. we didn't have individuals flying overhead. i do think that this is a moment for diplomacy because with these pinpointed attacks were designed to do is change the calculus. change for not only assad and syrians but also for the russians and even for the turks. so now is a moment i think that we can have diplomacy with muscle. we can go in with a very thoughtful discussion about how to move assad out, which should be the policy. but do it --
trish: you know what? we don't really have the russians onboard with that at all. they are as we speak sending one of their destroyers toward ours in the mediterranean sea. let me play for you some sound, buck sexton, of john kerry back in 2014 saying that, you know, they basically had this all taken care of. here we go. >> with respect to syria. we struck a deawould t 100% of the chemical weapons out. trish: i don't know if they got 100% of them because we saw those horrific images all over the screen in the last 48 hours, and it's horrible to see. the children that have been killed as a result of bashar al-assad, they didn't get 100% of the chemical weapons out, did they? >> clearly they didn't. and it should be noted that the same people that were claiming that 100% of those chemical weapons were taken out of syria are the same individuals who promised us that the deal that they've
struck with iran will prevent the iranians from getting nuclear weapons in the if not too distant future, so i think that needs to be kept in mind here when we look at the foreign policy of the previous administration. and looking at this, it establishes a new paradigm, a new framework for everything that comes after this. of course, this is not topple the assad regime, nor does it destroy isis. this is just one strike of what could be many more either military or diplomatic actions that have teeth behind them, though. that actually will be enforceable or will be based on the credible threat, of course. that's what was lacking with the previous administration. the notion that there would be a political process, a political process that we could be working with to get rid of the assad regime is not new. this is long-standing policy. but assad knew under the obama time, under obama's term in office that there was not going to be any action taken against him. and, in fact, russia saw this as well as an opportunity to escalate force and posture in syria. so this is where things could change, it's just the beginning of a much longer process, though.
trish: so do we need to bring other players onboard? who else will join us now in this fight? >> well, now when ople talk about an international coalition of countries, it's not just going to be a lot of people gathering together in some european capitol to discuss what the future of syria might look like. now they can at least believe that the u.s. when it says there are red lines, for example, in syria, they can even draw further red lines from what president obama stated some years ago. that has credibility behind it. and now you can start to push towards a political summit. but this is -- there are many steps that have to go forward with first. you have to get rid of the islamic state. there has to be a credible ground there and then a political -- trish: and you have to figure out who are you going to put in? >> now, this is work that should be done over the last five or six years, but it doesn't mean it's not the work that has to be done today by the trump administration. trish: do they have any idea, rick, who they would put in? are there people that could succeed assad there? >> well, i think this changes the calculus even for those who want to take over syria. so, yes, i mean, a lot of
people in the region have been waiting for something to happen, including the turks, which are great nato ally. look, i think one opening here, and i agree with everything that buck said. one of the openings that we have now is that we learned from the turkish-russian conversations, which have been picking up over the last year that russia is not absolutely driven by being inside syria. they would like to get out. erhave been signals that they are not happy with what's going on. trish: why are they sending a destroyer towards us? >> well, look, i don't think that that is, you know, in and of itself their reaction. there is no question that the russians have signaled that they don't want to be in syria for a very long time. they're getting annoyed with assad, and i think this now changes the calculation. certainly it's not a done deal, but we now have a opportunity, a diplomatic opportunity if we can get the turks onboard, if we can get
the saudis onboard, and the egyptians and the jordanians, i think that there's a way to bring it forward to the russians and say change your calculus. trish: very quickly before we go, buck, several people have been pointing their finger at the cozy relationship between vladimir putin and donald trump. i guess this may poke two holes in that theory? >> i would certainly think so. the first major foreign policy decision action by this administration is really a slap in the face to putin, and it's one that is much needed, so that should factor into people's calculations. trish: buck, good to see you. thank you, rick, as well. take a look at the market right now. up 55 points. so, again, everybody taking all of this news coming our way, and we've got plenty of it here in strive. including that mixed jobs report today. investors rushing to save havens like gold in the wake of the syrian air strike but also getting right back into equities. take a look at defense stocks, a lot of green on the screen right now, amid news that a russian warship is entering the mediterranean sea today
heading towards u.s. naval advisory. it is a direct response we hear to president trump launching air strikes against syria, a russian ally. but as we were just saying here, i mean after all, if president obama had held his ground after his red line warning nearly five years ago, would we even be in this situation? and the fact that donald trump is out there and his first move on the international side is to basically stick it to russia's ally syria, what does that say about his relationship with putin and the coziness the democrats, the left would like to believe in? we've got all the intel for you next.
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senator john of south dakota. good to have you here, senator. >> thanks, trish. trish: i guess congratulations are in order. but given the "nuclear option" was employed here, what does it mean for future confirmation? does it mean it will make it a whole lot easier to confirm the next supreme court justice? >> as a practical matter, trish, i don't think it will change anything. all it means is that we'll be confirming supreme court justices at 51 votes, which is the way it has always been. obviously not having the 50-vote threshold out there as a backstop changes the fashion that some presidents might nominate justices to the court. but i think for all intents and purposes, everybody sort of knew that was going to happen. the democrats initiated this in 2013 for lower court and appellate court nominees, and they indicated last fall during the presidential campaign that if hillary clinton had been elected president, and they had a majority of the senate -- trish: they would have done the same thing. >> we are where we are. now we just have to move on. trish: the good thing isou
get neil gorsuch there. >> great justice. trish: but in terms of moving on, you get three plus years to get additional justices there. if for any reason the democrats were to get ahold of things down the road, don't you run the risk that there won't be as much consensus forms around future nominees? >> am i mean, frankly it would be ideal if this hadn't taken place. but when the democrats did it in 2013, it kind of set us on this course. and i think in the future, at least, you know, we're going to have on all the courts now pretty much a 51-vote threshold. does that change the dynamic of that whole discussion? perhaps did it does on some level but, again, as a practical matter, supreme court justices have always been confirmed at 51 votes and so essentially we are preserving -- trish: let me turn to syria. another big story here today. what's it going to take to stop this man, assad? why can't we just go in and remove him from power?
what's really needing -- what do we need here to transpire? >> that's a really good question. i think, you know, of course it would be great if we could get some action by the un and our international partners to become more involved, more engaged, more aggressive and calling for his ouster and really putting pressure to remove him from power. ultimately, he's got to go. there's no way we're going to have a unified syria, or peace in that region as long as he is continuing to exercise power and to commit these kinds of atrocities against his own people. so that has to be in my view the objective how athletic, how soon we get there, and i think those are things that are -- trish: senator, this should be kind of a no-brainer, though. anybody that saw those images of those people, those children that have been massacred by him, i mean, shouldn't the international community, and i realize we always have to be out front on this because we have long been the head power in the world. we lead the way, and we're
doing so right now. but shouldn't they all really be folding in line, shouldn't web working together and saying to assad enough is enough and doesn't that need to happen soon? >> well, it does and the only thing that keeps him in there is he is propped up of course by the russians. but i think that's why it's important that the international community become more engaged, and i think what you saw last night, trish, was american leadership. and that will be recognized in the region by the arab states, i think it will be recognized by our european allies as evidence that the united states mean business, that we do move forward in a direction in syria that gets to a much better outcome and result for the syrian people, and i hope that generates the kind of support from that coalition out there that's necessary to get this done. trish: the sooner the better. >> but american leadership. and there was evidence of it last night. trish: senator, thank you so much. >> thanks, trish. trish: president trump showing the world he's willing to act forcefully.